There are tons of ways to keep up with developments in the WordPress community. In this post I wanted to share some of my favorite sources of information when it comes to WordPress.

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll notice I retweet these sites regularly and that’s because they put out great content in a timely fashion. I’ve also been mixing it up lately with podcasts and IRC so I’ve included them in this list as well.

Finally, at the end of this post I share some additional resources as well as a Google Reader bundle of all the WordPress blogs I try to follow.

WordPress News

WordPress planet

WordPress Planet
WordPress planetis an aggregation of blogs talking about WordPress from around the world. It is composed mostly of the blogs of core developers and is your best source for official WordPress news.

WordPress VIP news

WordPress.com VIP
WordPress VIP news is aimed at helping publishers and brands get the most out of WordPress. It’s a great way to find out about new plugins and see how others are using WordPress.

WP Candy

WordPress Candy
WP Candy is an excellent source of news from all around the WordPress community. Their team does a great job covering everything from new releases to major announcements.

WPMU.org

WPMU.org
WPMU.org is another great news source with an excellent team. They have new posts daily and feature WordPress news, tips, plugins theme reviews and more.

WordPress Tavern

WordPress Tavern
WordPress Tavern has been one of my go to sources for news about the WordPress community since I started paying attention to this kind of stuff. They regularly post reviews, news, screencasts, guest blog posts and more.

Weblog Tools Collection

Weblog Tools Collection
Weblog Tools Collection can be followed through the WordPress planet feed or through its own RSS feed but is an easy way to keep up to date on major plugin and theme updates as well as news from within the community.

WordPress Forums

The WordPress forum

WordPress.org Support
The WordPress forum is active with all types of WordPress users. It’s the first place you should look when troubleshooting a plugin, theme or just trying to learn a bit more about WordPress.

WordPress Tavern

WPTavern Forum
WordPress Tavern is the only other WordPress forum I bother to check out besides the official forum. The forum generates some great discussions and is an excellent way to tap into global knowledge of the WordPress community.

WordPress Podcasts & Streams

WordPress Candy

WP Candy Stream
WordPress Candy has an excellent selection of WordPress podcasts and streams. There is new content pretty regularly and the podcasts range from short little tips to in depth interviews.

The WordPress Community podcast

WordPress Community Podcast
The WordPress Community podcast features Joost de Valk and Frederick Townes, two individuals who are very active within the WordPress community. The podcast has some great interviews and excellent advice for all types of WordPress users.

WordCast

WordCast
WordCast is currently on temporary hiatus but promises to be another great source of WordPress podcasts upon their return.

WordPress Videos

WordPress.tv

WordPress TV
WordPress.tv is Your Visual Resource for All Things WordPress. Packed with hundreds of WordCamp talks and how-tos it’s a great way to step up your WordPress game.

LiveWP.tv

Live WP TV
LiveWP.tv is similar to some of the podcasts I follow except it is video and you can attend the tapings live assuming you can track one down.

WordPress Chat

WordPress IRC

WordPress IRC
WordPress has several IRC channels that provide an easy means of getting help with WordPress. There are over 400 people in #wordpress as of the time this was written. You can also follow along with the core teams weekly meetings on #wordpress-dev.

WordPress Tutorial Sites

Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine does a great job of regularly putting out high quality WordPress tutorials and is an overall excellent resource for web developers/designers.

WP Tuts

WP Tuts
WP Tuts is another excellent resource for high quality WordPress training and tutorials. I personally feel Smashing Magazine has higher quality articles but WP Tuts has good quality more often.

WPMU.org

WPMU.org
WPMU.org regularly features tutorials and tips to help you get the most out of WordPress and is a great place to learn something new.

WordPress Local

WordCamps

WordCamp
WordCamps happen all around the world and feature talks from all types of folks from within the WordPress community. It’s the best place to learn more about WordPress and meet other WordPress developers, designers and users.

WordPress meetups

WordPress Meetup
WordPress meetups happen all over the world and more often than WordCamps which make them the second best way to meet other WordPress folks and learn more about WordPress. This year has been dubbed the “Year of the Meetup” by the WordPress foundation. Boston area WordPress users should check out our monthly WordPress meetup.

WordPress Newsletter

wpMail

wpMail
wpMail is a free WordPress Newsletter, once a week, with a round-up of WordPress news and articles. The newsletter gets straight to the content making it an easy way to keep up to date on all things WordPress.

Bonus

This is a feed of 41 WordPress sites I check daily through Google Reader. I’ve bundled it up for you to make it easy. Grab the feed here.

If 41 WordPress sites isn’t enough, check out this post from WPCandy with a link to 240 RSS feeds you can follow.

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  • http://www.thewebchangers.com Zac

    Hey Jon. Thanks so much for this article. I’m still pretty new to WordPress even though I’ve been messing around with it and it’s really awesome to be able to read this post and have all these resources in one place. I really appreciate what you did here, thanks for putting your time into it =)

  • http://handpickedtomatoes.com Stephen Kane

    John Bishop – thanks for compiling a great list, which I just shared with the #OCWP meetup here in Southern California.

    All the best.

    • http://www.jonbishop.com Jon Bishop

      Hey thanks man!